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The Institute of Masters of Wine is the home of exceptional expertise in the wine world. What started more than 65 years ago as an exam for the UK wine trade is now a globally recognised title collectively held by a worldwide family of Masters of Wine. Today, there are 409 MWs based in 30 countries, each making their own contribution to the world of wine. Becoming an MW means gaining entry into a unique wine community; one that brings enriching personal and professional opportunities – as well as lifelong friendships.

ABOUT US

The IMW’s mission is to promote excellence, interaction, and learning across all sectors of the global wine community. As well as running the MW study programme, our programme of worldwide events offers unparalleled opportunities to taste and learn. These tastings and seminars, including our international symposium, are open for anyone to attend – you don’t have to be a Master of Wine to join in.

FIND AN MW

The IMW’s directory of Masters of Wine allows you to search not just by name, but also by skills and specialisms. MWs are active all over the world and in all fields: MWs are winemakers, journalists, consultants, buyers, auctioneers, educators and much more. If you are looking for an MW in a particular country, expert comment on a specific style of wine, a speaker for your event, or experienced commercial advice, look no further.

THE MW EXAM

The MW exam tests the breadth and depth of a candidate’s theoretical knowledge and tasting skills in the art, science and business of wine. By passing the MW exam, you become a member of the IMW, gain the title Master of Wine and can use the initials MW after your name. The MW exam is a series of tasting and theory papers, plus an in-depth research project. You can find out about all stages of the exam, as well as downloading past papers, by clicking below.

Latest News

Neil Hadley MW elected chair of the IMW

Neil Hadley MW elected chair of the IMW

Members of the Institute of Masters of Wine have elected Neil Hadley MW as the new chair of the organisation. Neil, the 55th chair of the IMW, is general manager, export for family-owned Taylors/Wakefield Wines of the Clare Valley, South Australia. Speaking after his...

Sixteen new Masters of Wine

Sixteen new Masters of Wine

The Institute of Masters of Wine has announced 16 new Masters of Wine, taking the total number of MWs in the world today to over 400. Based in nine different countries, the new MWs are Mike Best MW (UK), Nick Bielak MW (UK), Beans Boughton MW (UAE), Duane Coates MW...

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

Consistent with the IMW's mission of promoting excellence, interaction, and learning across all sectors of the global wine community, we condemn all acts of injustice, whether in the form of racism and prejudice or bias, stereotyping, or being overlooked. Still, we...

Rosé trends webinar

Rosé trends webinar

With the continual rise in sales of rosé wine, it is a fast growing and exciting category, but much of the focus is on the cheaper end of the market with swimming pool and celebrity marketing campaigns dominating the scene. For this webinar I chose not to look at the...

Sonal Holland Wine Academy launches 60 Minute Wine Pro

Sonal Holland Wine Academy launches 60 Minute Wine Pro

Sonal Holland Wine Academy has launched 60 Minute Wine Pro, an online introductory certificate course to the world of wine. The course is designed and delivered by Sonal Holland MW and anticipates the need of India's F&B industry, which has grown not just within...

Latest News

Neil Hadley MW elected chair of the IMW

Neil Hadley MW elected chair of the IMW

Members of the Institute of Masters of Wine have elected Neil Hadley MW as the new chair of the organisation. Neil, the 55th chair of the IMW, is general manager, export for family-owned Taylors/Wakefield Wines of the Clare Valley, South Australia. Speaking after his...

Sixteen new Masters of Wine

Sixteen new Masters of Wine

The Institute of Masters of Wine has announced 16 new Masters of Wine, taking the total number of MWs in the world today to over 400. Based in nine different countries, the new MWs are Mike Best MW (UK), Nick Bielak MW (UK), Beans Boughton MW (UAE), Duane Coates MW...

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

Consistent with the IMW's mission of promoting excellence, interaction, and learning across all sectors of the global wine community, we condemn all acts of injustice, whether in the form of racism and prejudice or bias, stereotyping, or being overlooked. Still, we...

Features

Doug Frost MW hosts new video series

Doug Frost MW hosts new video series

Doug Frost MW has been announced as the host of a new 11-part Beaujolais video series launched by fine wine importer Quintessential, in partnership with Les Vins Georges Duboeuf. Doug will be joined by some of the industry's regional experts, fellow Masters of Wine...

Rosé trends webinar

Rosé trends webinar

With the continual rise in sales of rosé wine, it is a fast growing and exciting category, but much of the focus is on the cheaper end of the market with swimming pool and celebrity marketing campaigns dominating the scene. For this webinar I chose not to look at the...

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